I have a couple of phrases that I repeat, sort of like a mantra. They calm me down, make me feel better and allow me to focus.
One phrase which I learned from Jen at Luna Yoga is simply to say ‘let go’. The ‘let’ is on an inhale and the ‘go’ is on an exhale. I repeat this one often – trying to fall asleep at night or when I’m frustrated about a situation I can’t change.
Another one I love is ‘it’s OK to not be OK’. Sometimes I’m not OK. But I often recognize that this simply a symptom like a headache or stomachache. It’s usually because I’m tired or overwhelmed and that in the end once those things have passed I’ll be fine. I repeat the phrase over and over in my head as I walk or feel like crying or when I am just sad and tired. And it helps. A lot.
Other phrases that give me courage:
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – Fernando Sabino
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Elliot
“Be You. You are enough and you are not too much.” – Unknown
“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” – English proverb
Do you have any phrases that help you get through tough times or give you courage?
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